Visconti-Sforza Tarot (Cary-Yale 1466): Three of Wands
Wands are also referred to as Staves, Staffs, or Batons. They correspond to the playing card suit of Clubs, and many early tarot decks depict this suit as wooden clubs. This suit represents the element Fire, and the social class of Peasantry. Wands are considered a Masculine suit. Wands typically represent creative or entrepreneurial projects, information, travel, and will - whether it be free will, or strength of willpower.
The Threes typically concern action, production, creativity, early results, mastery, achievement, birth, or loss. They can represent groups, or "three's a crowd" situations. Three can also represent the synthesis of a thesis and antithesis.
Preparation. Foresight. Enterprise. Expansion. Achievement. Venture. Fresh starts. Travelling. Pursuing a journey. Long-term success.
The Three of Wands represents entrepreneurialism or embarking on a journey. It represents creation or conception, looking forward to something with optimism, or a mission. This card often symbolizes enterprise, trade, or commerce.
Reversed Meaning: Lack of foresight. Delays. Obstacles to long-term goals.
If the card is reversed, it means the end of a task, toil, a cessation, and disappointment.